Danubio F.C.

Danubio Fútbol Club is a Uruguayan football club based in Jardines del Hipódromo, Montevideo that currently plays in the Uruguayan Primera División.

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Full nameDanubio Fútbol Club
Nickname(s)La Franja
Los de la Curva
La Universidad del Fútbol Uruguayo
Founded1 March 1932; 90 years ago (1932-03-01)
GroundJardines del Hipódromo
María Mincheff de Lazaroff
Montevideo, Uruguay
ChairmanJorge Lorenzo
ManagerEsteban Conde
LeaguePrimera División
2022Primera División, 8th of 16
WebsiteClub website

Founded in 1932, the club's home stadium is Jardines del Hipódromo, which has a capacity of 18,000.


Danubio was founded by the Bulgarian-born brothers Mihail (Miguel) and Ivan (Juan) Lazaroff on 1 March 1932 together with other youths from the "Republica de Nicaragua" school in Montevideo.[1] The club's name is a reference to the Danube river, the second-longest river in Europe. It was proposed by Mihail and Ivan's mother, María Mincheff de Lazaroff. Initially, she suggested the club be named after a different river in Bulgaria – Maritsa. However, the proposal was not approved, as the name was viewed as too feminine.[2][3]

Danubio won its first league title in 1988 with a fantastic young squad that included Rubén da Silva, who was the league's top scorer that season with 23 goals.[4] This title gave the club qualification to its first Copa Libertadores, the 1989 Copa Libertadores, where they reached the semi-finals and had their best continental tournament participation. Their campaign started in Group 5, where they finished second with three wins and three losses. In the round of 16, the club beat fellow Uruguayan powerhouse Nacional 3–1 on aggregate, and in the quarter-finals, they beat Chilean club Cobreloa 4–1 on aggregate. In the semi-finals, they faced Colombian club Atlético Nacional; the first leg in Montevideo finished in a 0–0 draw, but Atletico Nacional dominated the second leg with a 6–0 victory, eliminating Danubio from the tournament.[5]

Danubio won its second league title in 2004 by beating Nacional with a last minute backheel goal scored by Diego Perrone. Although the squad lost the first leg 4–1, Danubio won the title by placing first in the Clausura and in the Annual table.

The club won its third league title in the 2006 Apertura after defeating Peñarol 4–1 in December 2006.[6] Danubio went into the final matchday with 31 points behind Peñarol, who was first with 32 points. This meant Danubio had to win the match to secure the league title, and Peñarol would only need a draw to win the title. Peñarol scored first, but then Danubio turned the score around to secure the top position in the league table with a very young Edinson Cavani scoring the last goal. In the following season, the 2007 Clausura, the club defeated Peñarol again on penalties after a 1–1 draw at the end of extra time.[7] With this title, Danubio became the first club to win both Apertura and Clausura tournaments since Nacional did in the 1998 season.

Danubio won their fourth Uruguayan league title in the 2013–14 season by defeating Montevideo Wanderers on penalties after extra time in the second leg of the final that finished 2–2 with a last minute bicycle kick equalizer from Camilo Mayada.

Colours and badgeEdit

In 1932, the club decided to take Montevideo Wanderers' kit and colours (black and white) as homage to them being the last amateur champion of Uruguay in 1931. Later when entering a zonal league they planned to alter the kit design as Universal Ramírez used the same pattern. The current design was inspired by the red diagonal sash over the white kit worn by River Plate, but with the sash in black. The accompanying shorts are typically black (although some seasons they have been white), whilst the accompanying socks are white. In the 2005–06 season, the club wore an unusual green shirt with a white sash as their third kit to play against teams similar in colours (such as Miramar Misiones and Wanderers). In 2007, green was reintroduced in a match against Costa Rican club Saprissa. As of late 2007, it was decided to discontinue use of the green shirt, due to the repetitive defeats against Wanderers and Miramar leading to it being considered a cursed shirt. Red is now used for the third kit. Red and green colors come as alternative colors to the team since Bulgaria's national flag consists of white, green and red.

In late 2019, Danubio introduced a third kit, which pays tribute to the club's Bulgarian roots. The kit's red shirt included white and green horizontal stripes across the chest and sleeves, embodying the Bulgarian tricolour. Further detail, such as a verse of Bulgaria's anthem was also inscribed into the kit.[8]


Danubio play their home matches at the Estadio Jardines del Hipódromo. The venue was opened in 1957 and has a capacity of 18,000 people. In 2017, the club's members voted on a new stadium name; the winning option was María Mincheff de Lazaroff, paying tribute to the mother of the founders of Danubio, Mihail 'Miguel' and Ivan 'Juan' Lazaroff. This became the first football stadium in Uruguay to be named after a woman.[9]

Current squadEdit

As of 14 October 2021

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   URU Esteban Conde
2 DF   COL Carlos Romaña
3 DF   URU Enzo Siri
4 DF   URU Emanuel Hernández
5 MF   URU Maximiliano Rodríguez
6 DF   URU Leandro Sosa
7 MF   URU Facundo Silvera
8 MF   URU Ribair Rodríguez
10 MF   URU Ignacio González
11 MF   URU Wiston Fernández
12 GK   URU Luca Giossa
14 FW   URU Facundo Labandeira
15 DF   URU Sergio Rodríguez
16 DF   URU Fredy Martínez
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 DF   URU Rafael Haller
18 MF   URU Maximiliano Lemos
19 FW   URU Juan Olivera
20 DF   URU Mateo Ponte
21 DF   URU Martín Rea
22 FW   URU Maicol Cabrera
23 FW   URU Matías Deorta
24 FW   URU Leandro Rodríguez
25 MF   ARG Matías Fritzler
26 FW   NGA Jimmy Evans
27 MF   URU Javier Méndez
29 MF   URU Emiliano García
30 FW   URU Luis Acevedo (on loan from Peñarol)

Other players under contractEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   URU Luca Giossa
FW   URU Matías Deorta
DF   URU Fredy Martínez
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   URU Enzo Siri
MF   URU Leandro Onetto

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   URU Gonzalo Montes (at Querétaro until 30 June 2021)
MF   URU Denis Olivera (at Peñarol until 31 December 2021)

Notable playersEdit

Must have made at least 50 appearances for the club and/or 30 with the national team[5]


Performance in CONMEBOL competitionsEdit

1978: First Round
1984: First Round
1989: Semi-finals
2005: Group Stage
2007: Preliminary Round
2008: Group Stage
2015: Group Stage
2002: First Round
2003: Preliminary Round
2004: Preliminary Round
2005: First Round
2007: First Round
2012: First Round
1992: First Round
1993: First Round
1994: First Round
1997: Quarter-finals


  1. ^ "Danubio's river of talent". FIFA. 23 July 2008. Archived from the original on 2 February 2009. Retrieved 13 January 2009.
  2. ^ ""Данубио" никога няма да забрави българските си корени". btvnovinite.bg (in Bulgarian). bTV Media Group. 5 December 2019. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  3. ^ Shumanov, Metodi (6 December 2019). "Danubio will never forget its Bulgarian roots". tfmethods.com. The Football Methods. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Uruguay 1988". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 28 August 2019. Archived from the original on 23 April 2003. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Danubio, la humildad que abrazó la gloria". FIFA. 13 December 2006. Archived from the original on 19 December 2006.
  6. ^ "Danubio goleó por 4-1 al Peñarol y ganó el título del Apertura". Mediotiempo.com (in Mexican Spanish). 10 December 2006. Archived from the original on 20 November 2021. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
  7. ^ Homewood, Brian (18 May 2007). "Soccer-Modest Danubio win Uruguayan championship". Reuters. Retrieved 31 August 2009.
  8. ^ "Camiseta homenaje a Bulgaria". danubio.org.uy (in Spanish). Danubio Fútbol Club. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  9. ^ "Jardines del Hipódromo María Mincheff de Lazaroff". danubio.org.uy (in Spanish). Danubio Fútbol Club. Retrieved 27 October 2020.

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